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The Simple Reason I Choose Not To Be “Vegan”

What does it mean to be vegan? Why are we so concerned with identifying with something? I have chosen to not be ‘vegan’ for a very simple reason. This is a message I feel we should all consider.

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    One does not need to identify with the style in which they eat. When tapped into a state of Oneness consciousness, it's natural to be in harmony with all around us.

  • Reflect On:

    What does it mean to be vegan? Why are we so concerned with identifying with something? Why are some vegans so aggressive? Does this create an 'us vs. them' mentality?

I first started shifting my health and becoming more aware about what I am eating about 10 years ago now. It came because I would literally keel over and go into gas fits when I would eat bread from Subway. This was the start of me thinking about going vegetarian or vegan. To note, this piece was inspired by a friend who has a similar story.

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To be fair, this could have started because when I travelled across Canada and the US by car over a 2 month period I probably ate about 60 subs as I was eating 1 – 2 a day. My stomach was getting peppered with low quality bread that simply doesn’t digest well. Not only that but, I grew up eating a standard western Italian diet which included a lot of cheese, bread, pasta and meat.

So I started to think to myself long and hard about my body, my diet and what was happening. It took an extreme event to really stop me in my tracks, but I began to realize I was having signs all over the place that something was wrong many years before.

My Obvious Health Problems

Before we continue let me be clear about something, I grew up eating a diet that would be considered pretty healthy in western standards. I rarely ate fast food, 90% of my meals were home cooked and my mom had a good sense of how to balance a meal in ways many would consider fabulous. Meat, a grain and veggies. Every meal had veggies. We ate things like pasta, chicken with broccoli and rice. All the veggies you could imagine. Lasagna, homemade burgers and other simple foods without a ton of processing. By far my, and our family’s worst habit, was having a Coca-Cola at dinner.

I share this because many people might feel I ended up the way I did, with digestive issues, because I ate a ton of junk my whole life. But I didn’t and that’s an important note. It’s also an important note that I didn’t have consistent and obvious problems with dairy or wheat my whole life, they slowly built up over time.

Firstly, I was gassy all the time. Not just farting, I was burping constantly. My burps came after every meal and would last for hours. To me this was normal, I saw so many people around me doing the exact same thing. Farting, burping, being bloated. I thought it was just a factor of eating. For a moment I thought I was gluten intolerant or something, but it was happening no matter what I ate.

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I also noticed I was getting tired a lot, but then again I thought it was normal. Coming home after school or work and wanting to have a quick nap. Again, I watched as everyone around me was doing the same thing so I thought this was normal too. After meals the fatigue would often kick in too as I made my way into my 20’s. Finally around 20 or 21, it was hitting a wall.

I would literally get bloated from dairy, meat, wheat, fruit, veggies, EVERYTHING. When I would eat things like dairy, meat or bread I definitely felt much worse, but everything was truly an issue. But again, as I would talk to people, other than when I had my burping fits and stomach pain from bread, everything seemed normal compared to what everyone else felt too.

I went 17 days without food to help clean up my past digestive issues. It worked.

Intuitively I Felt Something Wasn’t Right

Deep down I knew this couldn’t be right. Feeling this way, seeing everyone feel this way, it didn’t make sense. For me it took having these strong stomach pains and burping fits to finally do something, but for many, it’s still seen as normal.

So I decided to start cutting things out of my diet. Meat, dairy, bread, even things like legumes for a while. I mainly focused on a vegetarian diet. I ate eggs sometimes but not too often, and I also had fish maybe a couple times a month. Over the last 10 years, I have primarily eaten a diet people would call vegan. Today, I still eat a diet that doesn’t utilize animal products because I feel great and it resonates deeply with me.

When I was starting this journey, as time went on I began exploring the community of people that were vegan or vegetarian whether it be people you meet or people online sharing their experience. I started to realize something that didn’t resonate with me. There was a decent portion of people that called themselves vegans that were very angry, extreme and upset with people who weren’t vegan.

In the exact way many psychedelic drug users are constantly trying to convince everyone they need to take psychedelics, vegans are often trying to aggressively get the world to go vegan. And if you didn’t, look out.

The judgement, the anger, the hate.. I felt these people were harming themselves more with their feelings and emotions than people who ate meat from time to time. Then I thought about it even deeper. Who are we really? Are we what we eat? Meaning, are we really here to define ourselves by our dietary choices?

This is where I chose to not identify as vegan regardless of the fact that I don’t consume animal products.

Who You Truly Are

It wasn’t because I was trying to avoid being seen as vegan, but because I felt that label didn’t truly project who I was. I believe, like many other things, it creates more confusion, division and loyalty to others of ‘the same kind’ much like identifying with our cultures, traditions and countries we’re from can.

And this is a happening that’s taking place in a number of ways these days. Whether it be people identifying with being cannabis users, vegans, following diets like paleo, a sports team -anything really. It’s like an identity we build within ourselves as another layer of ego that I believe we take on for a number of reasons.

1. We want to feel better about our choices that we have doubt about, so we aggressively push them onto others or identify with them so as to not have to look at our own doubt. In essence, we aren’t coming from a place of peace within ourselves, we’re operating from the ego.

2. We are hiding from some other form of emotional challenges we have within ourselves. This seems most prominent in regular cannabis users and psychedelic users, but I feel it happens to people with food as well.

3. The ego is a tricky program. Once you step out of one box, the ego looks to quickly identify with another box. It wants an identity and way to express itself. This creates more suffering than we realize.

The Interesting Experience of Not Choosing To Identify

I’ve never been loud about the things I am attracted to per se. And it’s interesting what happens as a result of that. This isn’t something that just happens to me, I’m sure it happens all over, but I’m going to use myself as an example to illustrate the point.

People often assume I am a certain way because I founded Collective Evolution. Because I’m often not loud about my intuitive abilities or ET experiences they might think I’m simply a highly logical person or not spiritual. I don’t dress ‘spiritual’ or attend ceremonies or ‘spiritual’ like things and thus people think I’m not spiritual. I see this happening all the time and while I understand that it’s a journey of going through various identities for people, I want to share the message that true ‘spirituality’ isn’t something you have to prove to others. You don’t have to even call yourself spiritual!

We’re in a time where spirituality and consciousness are becoming trendy. And as a result, many people are experiencing spirituality through the mind. This is OK. I truly view this as a step on the journey, but again like before, I wish to share an authentic message for those that are ready to hear it. Truly ask yourself what it means to be “spiritual” or “conscious” in your own definition. Then determine how much of it is a surface level, mind based or external expression of something vs how much is truly about your relationship with yourself INSIDE.

I took this direction in this article because whether we identify ourselves by our diet or by the trendiness of spirituality, we are often doing the same thing. Boxing ourselves and our consciousness.

So if you are a person that feels authentic in who you are and yet people don’t understand you because you don’t ‘fit the mold’ of what they might feel is vegan, spiritual, conscious etc, great! Your authenticity is all that matters. Truly exploring the deepest aspects of consciousness and spiritual evolution comes without labels or having to be a certain way. This is a meme I believe will become VERY popular in the coming years.

If you want to explore yourself and aspects of consciousness deeper and authentically, you can take CE’s 5 Days Of You Challenge here.

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Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Answers The Question

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains why he chooses not to consume any meat or dairy products, and points towards the overwhelmingly cruel food industry.

  • Reflect On:

    What gives us the right to torture animals, steal their babies, abuse them simply for our consumption? Where is our compassion, morality and empathy? Have we been made and brainwashed to believe that it's ok?

The most heartbreaking thing to see and to witness is an innocent benevolent being getting tortured and suffering. This is the realty of eating animal products today. Billions of animals are raised for slaughter every single year, and the overwhelmingly large majority of them go through horrific and terrifying experiences. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could eat or wear the clothes of diseased animals knowing what they went through. It’s also hard to believe that anybody who does eat or purchase products that have used animals in their manufacturing process would do that kind of “labour” themselves.

The truth is that many people still don’t know what these beings are going through. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, immoral, and unethical. Morality, empathy, and love are all emotions that need to return to planet Earth, and as long as we have multiple industries exploiting animals, that can’t happen.

If you’re unaware of what these animals are going through on a daily basis, a recent PETA investigation on two of the world’s top cashmere exporters revealed extreme cruelty, including the violent killing of cashmere goats. You can read more about it and see some footage of that here, if you’re interested.

You can view more examples of graphic footage in the trailer of “The Buddha Bowl,” a documentary in the making featuring personalities and some of the most influential and renowned spiritual leaders from all over the world sharing their perspectives on veganism. These include viewpoints from Buddha himself and from spiritual leaders from the past and present, totalling about 30 interviews on animal rights, environmental issues and health.

One of the people in that documentary is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is recognized as a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. The video below is not part of the documentary listed above, but from an interview taken a few years ago at a conference.

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Are We Even Designed To Eat Meat?

There is no doubt our world is becoming more awake, aware, and compassionate. Millions of people around the world have transitioned towards a plant-based diet. This represents the kind of compassion and empathy our world needs more of, and this diet can do nothing but benefit human health, the planet, and the animals.

It’s no secret that eating meat and animal products is destroying the Earth, as clearing land for animal grazing and slaughter is one of the leading causes of deforestation, and factory farms are an environmental disaster.

More people are also starting to become aware of plant-based diets and their health benefits.

A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart. The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,”

It’s one of many studies that’ve emerged over the years showing the benefits of plant-based diets and their ability to reverse diseases. On the other hand, many studies published have shown how the consumption of meat has the exact opposite effect.

Below is a clip from a recent CETV episode where CE founder Joe Martino and I go into the discussion a little deeper, with a specific focus on plant-based protein compared to meat protein. If interested, you can watch the full episode here by signing up for your free trial. CETV is a platform that we created to combat the censorship we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.

I also go into this type of discussion, if you’re interested in reading about it, in an article I recently published: “Another Study Suggests Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat.”

The Takeaway

Human beings are born with compassion and empathy. What we are doing to animals on our planet today, and how many continue to ignore it and be unaffected by it, is simply as a result of mass brainwashing and marketing by big food corporations. The truth is that we’ve been taught to ignore it, we’ve been taught to believe that it’s OK and it’s our right to do this to others who share the planet with us. No child would ever stand for such a thing unless they were taught to do so. It’s the same thing as racism, we are not born with it, we are taught it. I urge all those who are reading this to do their research into where the vast majority of our food and clothes are coming from, watch what these animals are going through, look into their eyes and and feel what they are feeling.

The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others, animal or human, is a HUGE and VITAL step towards creating a better world and a better overall human experience.

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Marianne Williamson Admits “The System Is More Corrupt Than I Knew”

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Marianne Williamson stated in an interview on Fox and Friends that she did not realize the political system was as corrupt as it is.

  • Reflect On:

    This is an important revelation of how leaders often don't quite see the full truth of our system at hand. Through them and their experience, we can learn a lot about what is truly going on. Is it time to let go of the systems we have?

About a week ago Marianne Williamson told the New Yorker, I know this sounds naïve, but I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this.” In a segment I did on CETV, I discussed the fact that Williamson is doing a great job of bringing a bit more of a conscious conversation into the mix here, which is very important, but seems to not quite understand what politics is really about and how things function in our world.

In my article about this statement I stated:

Some have suggested that Marianne already knows these truths, and she may, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she is only uncovering these things now. I say this as I belong to a group that communicates regularly that contains many high profile conscious industry leaders like Williamson and other big authors, speakers etc. Many of them are great with spirituality but seem to struggle to see how politics truly functions. I have witnessed this first hand and this is why I’m so passionate about what I do as I feel bringing together both personal transformation and hard truth is imperative.

Some felt that my analysis was off and that Williamson is just ‘playing naive,’ but to me, this did not feel true nor did it seem to be the case. While some might view this as an unimportant detail, it’s very important as for society to truly begin to shift we must not only personally transform but also realize the true nature of the world we live in.

As outlined in the CE Protocol, the formula I built to help awaken and shift the masses, the very first step is Breaking The Illusion about our programmed reality and understand what’s truly going on. From there, personal transformation becomes key.

Williamson Admits She Was Unaware

Here we are a week later and Williamson has stated what I observed in my previous segment, she did not quite realize how corrupt our political system truly is. In an interview on Fox and Friends Williamson stated:

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“I would say that I feel that I’ve learned that the system is even more corrupt than I knew and people are even more wonderful than I hoped,

I want to state this isn’t about picking on anyone as much as it is about understanding the importance behind seeing the full picture of the change that needs to take place here. For 10 years now I have built CE to include both personal transformation and truth seeking for the reason that either one of those topics on their own doesn’t create the change we all know is possible in our hearts.

I’ve seen many ‘spiritual leaders’ still deeply support the dysfunctional nature of our systems because they believe there is truth to them when in reality they belong to a consciousness we are shifting away from.

Our political system is built and exists within a system designed for a very limited state of consciousness, some call this 3D consciousness. The goal isn’t to shift our political system, it’s to let it go. Collectively we are shifting and the new state of consciousness emerging doesn’t support the political system at hand. Hence why the chaos around it is increasing, because it’s acting as a mirror for us to see how it doesn’t resonate with our emerging consciousness.

It’s like trying to install Windows on a Mac or vice versa, the systems aren’t designed for the operating system. Humanity is faced with a challenge of ‘letting go of the old,’ not trying to fix the old.

In a brand new segment of The CE Show I did on YouTube and CETV, I discuss Marianne’s latest comments and what I feel we all must realize as we move forward in this journey of shifting ourselves and our world.

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The Takeaway

I feel that we have become addicted to the systems of a state of consciousness that we are moving away from. The choice is up to us, we stop resisting and holding onto things of the old, move through the process of watching these old systems fall away, or we continue to fight tooth and nail under the belief that we must hold up the old systems, and suffer along the way.

Ask yourself within, do you truly feel that this is about changing our current political system to be more open and evolved? Or is it about letting go of the rigidity of our current systems and creating new ones that are birthed from a  new state of consciousness, not one that is centuries old…

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Consciousness

Full Moon In Pisces: Navigating Ideals

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We are having a Full Moon in Pisces which will be exact at 4:33am Universal Time on September 14th 2019. It will appear the fullest on the night of the 13th for most of the world and on the night of the 14th for the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand.

This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Virgo. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.

Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Pisces and Sun in Virgo. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs. We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Virgo side and others expressing the Pisces side.

Pisces is associated with sensitivity, compassion, creativity, and oneness. It is spiritually conductive, mystical, energy oriented, dreamy, flowy, imaginative, idealistic, and empathic. Negatively, it can be delusional, lazy, intoxicated, deceptive, confused/confusing, elusive, flaky, and lack critical thinking. Pisces energy is the least compatible with the mundane world and is associated with escapism in its many forms.

Virgo is about productivity, duties, service, physical health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, conscientious, skillful, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, and practical. Negatively, Virgo energy can also be overly critical, too cautious, fault-finding, irritable, discriminating, and overly perfectionist.

Full Moon Aligned with Neptune in T-Square with Jupiter and Mars

This Full Moon is close to Neptune which has many of the same qualities of Pisces that were mentioned above. It is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign and it amplifies its energies even more so during this period. Neptune is also associated with glamour, romance, and addiction. It has a dissolving, flooding, and watery energy that doesn’t comprehend boundaries.

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Neptune is completing its last of three squares with Jupiter in Sagittarius which will be exact on September 21st and will be strong into the following week. It began last January and peaked again this past June. At best, this can be an expansive period in a spiritual, creative, or compassionate way.

However, it can also be a time of confusion or lack of discernment around beliefs, ideologies, education, and teachers. It can also be a time in which we become aware of us being like that previously. We can be more excessive when it comes to how we express Piscean/Neptunian energies mentioned above.

At the time of the Full Moon, Mars in Virgo is also involved in this configuration along with the opposition of the Sun and Moon, forming a T-square aspect. This can be good for asserting ourselves towards our ideals or with a different Jupiter-Neptune approach (mentioned above). However this can also make our actions scattered, less assertive/direct, and make it harder to apply ourselves with practicality.

Full Moon Sextile Pluto Near Saturn and South Node, Saturn Going Direct

This Full Moon is in a tight sextile with Pluto which is near Saturn and the South Node. This could trigger some of the themes of the previous Lunar Eclipse (that is still reflecting this period) in a more harmonious way. Purging aspects of our past that are getting in the way of us moving forward. This can help to facilitate empowerment through some sort of release or transformation.

Saturn will be finishing its retrograde on September 18th and will move towards its final conjunction with the South Node which will peak at the end of the month and early October. This energy was also strong in mid Spring and part of it in early Summer.

Saturnian themes get amplified and we can be dealing with limitations, obstacles, restrictions, or perhaps issues around boundaries. We may feel a need to make changes around responsibilities, commitments, career, and structures in our lives. Similarly to the last Lunar Eclipse, there can be a sort of ending playing out around how an area of our lives is being expressed.

Full Moon Opposing Mercury and Venus Conjunction As They Change Signs

At the time of this Full Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a conjunction at the very end of Virgo, (Mercury’s sign). They will then be moving into Libra (Venus’ sign) in the hours following with the Full Moon triggering after it begins to wane.

This can be a time of heightened interactions, catching up with friends and other relationships. While it is in Virgo it could lean more towards its themes connected to work, service, fault finding, etc. For some people there can be a feeling of some sort of urgency.

After this conjunction moves into Libra, especially a day after the Full Moon,  it becomes more pleasant, social, and creative. Our interactions can be more harmonious, diplomatic, and less critical. We can more easily see both sides to something, find balance, and a great time to discuss relationship matters.

As a result of both of these planets transitioning near the same time, some people may experience some sort of significant shift in other areas of their lives within a few days following the Full Moon.

Things To Consider During This Period

How can you better balance the mundane aspects of life with your ideals, creativity, or spirituality? How have your beliefs been impacted this year and what is the conclusion to your experiences? Is it possible that you may have been confused about some aspects of newly or previously acquired perspectives?

What themes are coming up for you now that have been playing out since last April? What do you need to release? What changes do you need to make when it comes to your work, responsibilities, commitments, structures, or boundaries?
These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon when it begins to wane until the next New Moon in two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on September 14th at 4:33am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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